For Those Who Don't Know Where To Start

Hi my name might throw you off, but the fact of the matter is that so far, whenever I wanted to drop a couple of pounds I've been able to.  First of all, to help out people who don't know where to start, go to webmd.com and find out where you stand by going through the dropdown menu of health and diet.  Find out where you stand and what you can do to have immediate effects.  Second of all, it's not going to help you if you just stop eating all together, and you are going to have to go hungry a couple of times.  The problem is that you have to commit to eating and exercising, which for people that don't like to selfmotivate or are self-conscious, it is going to help if you have a training partner.  Also, you need to know how to eat healthy foods and not get caught endulging.  For example, I go to the grocery store 3 or 4 times a week because I want to eat fresh food and avoid being lazy.  So, I stock the fridge with propel fitness water, Simply Orange juices, milk, nature valley granola bars, bananas, apples, and whatever my meals are going to consist of.  I also allow myself to drink one gin and tonic a day.  I try to avoid diet drinks, because it has been shown that aspertame fake sugar actually slows the metabolism.  Third of all, depending on what effects you are trying to achieve you may want to eat accordingly.  So, if you want to just lose weight, then you should stick to counting calories, getting all your nutrients, and exercising.  But, if you want to bulk up some muscle mass, then your diet should consist of more protein and weight lifting.    Last of all, the scale is not that important all the time, and you should only weigh yourself in the morning right after you go to the bathroom, preferably naked, or at least while wearing the same clothes.  Also, you can't get discouraged if your weightloss staggers a bit.  I feel that it is like a competition with your metabolism as your team mate and food and exercise as your opponent.  You need to beat them in all aspects of the game, by which I mean that you have to clear all categories of the food pyramid daily, and exercise daily, and win the battle of calories burned to calories consumed.  Because one pound of weight loss is equivalent to burning 3500 calories.  Good luck, and if anyone has any comments that might also help, please do comment.

VSSmokey VSSmokey
22-25, M
2 Responses Feb 21, 2010

Actually, I'm 6ft. 2in. and I use weigh around 220. I started to lose weight by exercising endlessly, then it halted at 175. I'm actually right in the middle of the healthy weight range. So, this year I set a new goal of 160 lbs, because I figure if I lose all my fat then I can easily achieve six-pack abs. It really just takes some good self discipline for a while, because once you reach your goal weight/figure then you can exercise as much as you consume and their will be no gain. I think that by the end of the year I can be 155 lbs. I personally think that women with a little extra weight are sexy, and if that is where you feel comfortable then you probably can just stay at that weight, but if you're trying to have instant effects then I propose you jump on an elliptical machine(30mins-1hour) and pay attention to your calorie consumption.

Thanks for writing this - it's very uplifting. If I may ask, are you just on the heavier side of normal or content at where you are. I am on the heavier side of normal and for a woman that can be really hard to deal with! It's hard man...